New today: Brian Doyle reviews Mark Twain, blogging the lectionary, brides of Christ

March 17, 2016

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 31:9-16; Isaiah 54:9-10Hebrews 2:10-18

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Cyril of Jerusalem (Episcopal and Catholic calendars), Alexander of JerusalemHonorius IIISalvador of HortaLaurence SterneEberhard BethgeR. A. LaffertyThomas Hopko

New today from the Century

Brian Doyle reviews The Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition. Together, the three volumes are five inches tall and weigh more than my children did when they emerged from the sea of their mother.

Sunday's Coming: The passion hurts, by MaryAnn McKibben Dana. To what extent do we betray him, deny him, insult him, crucify him? When do we, like the crowds, find ourselves gawking at suffering with prurient glee?

Brides of Christ, by M. Craig Barnes. If the church is the bride of Christ, then Jesus is married to both Rachel and Leah—to the church he wants, and to the church he has to take.


This Holy Week, let's stop pretending, by Joseph Schattauer Paillé. Living through Holy Week can feel like a game of pretend—because we already know how the story ends. Mark asks us not to pretend.

Which parade to follow? by Rachael Keefe. When Jesus first walked into my life, I didn’t notice. There was no parade, no palms, no shouts of hosanna. I just started going to Sunday school.


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